NASCAR teams to pay tribute to victims of Boston Marathon bombing

Sean Gardner

NASCAR will be paying tribute to victims of the Boston Marathon bombing in a variety of ways this weekend at Kansas Speedway.

Various NASCAR teams will be paying tribute to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing this weekend at Kansas Speedway.

Co-owned by the Fenway Sports Group, which also owns the Boston Red Sox, Roush Fenway Racing will carry a "B-Strong" decal on all its cars. Team principle Jack Roush will also donate $100 for every lap one of the Roush cars leads during Sunday's Sprint Cup Series race.

"To have to withstand an act of such senselessness and cowardice against innocent people is disheartening to us all," Roush said in a statement. "Our hearts go out to the victims and their families, as well as the entire city of Boston.

"As Americans we can all be proud of the way the city of Boston -- and the entire nation -- has banded together in the wake of this tragedy. We are proud of our Boston connections and feel privileged to be able to play a very small part in supporting the ‘B-Strong' effort."

Michael Waltrip Racing co-owner Michael Waltrip has a special relationship with the Boston Marathon, having competed in the race in 2000.

Accordingly, all three MWR cars will be sporting a unique tribute at Kansas that will see each car with door numbers replicating the bib numbers runners used in this year's marathon.

"The news coming out of Boston this week was very personal to me," Waltrip said in a statement. "When I ran the Boston Marathon in 2000, I remember thinking about what a privilege it was to be able to participate and all the hard work it took to be there.

"It was a great moment of pride when they pinned the Boston Marathon bib on me, so I thought it would be great to pin bib numbers on our race cars this week in Kansas."

An image of the door number that will be carried on the side of Mark Martin's car is posted below.


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